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Shift Points for a 4x4 SR5 5 speed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ADCarter1, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Jun 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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    ADCarter1

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    Okay friends, I have been all over the internet trying to find the answer to my question and I can't find it anywhere.

    What are the shirt points on a manual 4x4 Tacoma, 4 cylinder? I checked the driver's manual (duh) and that only gives the maximum shift points. I just want to know general shift points for regular driving.

    I just bought the truck last night and have never driven a truck before. My old car was a Honda CR-V and obviously those shift points were a lot different. Currently, I'm shifting at around 3500 rpm, which I know, gives me terrible gas mileage (not that the gas mileage is all that great to begin with). If I shift at a lower rpm, it feels like I'm lugging the engine. I say "feels" because the truck is so darn quiet, I can barely hear the engine (thus the reason for shifting by tac and feel) or at least compared to my old Honda.

    Any helpful hints? tips? advice? I really appreciate it! Thank you!
     
  2. Jun 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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    Shift where it feel normal. When I test drove a 2000 4cyl 2.7L Ext Cab on 32's I shifted at 2500 and it seemed okay to me.
    With my SC V6 on 32's I shift at 2000 RPM. It all depends on what feels good to you really.
     
  3. Jun 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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    Thanks guys! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't something goofy in my brand new truck.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    It depends on the driver, if I'm on a level road I shift @ 2k, when I hit 4th or 3rd even I shift to 6th.. On a hill or bridge is a different story.. But lower rpm shifting saves gas and less wear & tear on the engine.
     
  5. Jun 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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    Not sure about the 4cyl 5 speed, but I shift my v6 6 speed normally around 1800-2000rpm. Got 18.6 mpg on my last tank of gas. (4x4 double cab)

    You get used to people behind you getting impatient.......
     
  6. Jun 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM
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    I don't mind them getting impatient. I'm older and have more insurance.

    Maybe I'll go out and practice in front of the hundreds of bicyclists that are on our road every day.
     
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    I generally shift my v6 6-speed at around ~2,500 RPM or so when accelerating, but the 4 banger will probably run a bit higher in the RPMs.

    The last Toyota truck 4 cylinder manual transmission vehicle I owned was an '86 4Runner, so it's been awhile, but I owned that truck for quite a while and I remember the "sweet spot" for shifting was usually ~2,800 to 3,000 RPM. Much lower than that, and the RPMs would fall to below 2K in the next gear I'd lose accelerating power.

    Of course, all vehicles and personal driving habits are different, so it's really just a matter of getting more experience driving the vehicle and learning the timing of it, which should come pretty quick.
     
  8. Jun 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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    3500-4000 if you need to be somewhere. 2500 if you're not in a hurry. 2000 if its flat and you don't give a fuck about people behind you.
     
  9. Sep 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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    Other than getting some momentum out of first...I never really pay attention to it. Moves along just fine for me. Coming from a 2.8L v6 jetta was a huge change, but there again I didn't buy my truck to go anywhere fast. But I do look pretty killer riding in it (in my opinion ;) )
     
  10. Sep 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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    Question to OP...are you trying to get to the highest gear in the lowest MPH possible? That is very inefficient and uses more gas try to get up to speed depending on how hard you're pushing the pedal.

    I don't have a manual taco,by everything else I shift between 2-3k for MPG, 3-4k for a little more pep. In the celica,I like to so 1st gear pulls for passing from a stop or take it to 60mph in 2nd when entering the highway and upshift to 3rd-4th-5th quickly.
     
  11. Sep 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM
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    Your shift point should be between 1500 rpm and 5500 rpm.
    Where you shift depends on your power/acceleration needs at that precise moment.

    There is no set engine speed to shift at.

    Do not downshift into 2nd at any speed greater than 55 mph or you'll exceed the redline.
    Do not downshift into 1st at any speed greater than 5 mph or you might skid out.
     
  12. Sep 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM
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    There is no standard, it's whatever you feel is most smoothest in shift quality and if the engine isn't lugging too much...my V6 likes to be shifted between 2,800 and 3,000 for most driving, shifting below 2,500 has to be done extremely slow and above 3,000 it is absolutely smooth. I average over 20 mpg every tank shifting between 2,800 and 3,000.
     
  13. Sep 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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    This gives me trouble when pulling a trailer at low speeds, but I guess it's part of the game. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Sep 5, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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    i usually shift high rpm range (3500 - 5000) but i still get good gas millage (17-19) and i would not recommend this
     

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